Recording: Woman brandished shears in past police encounter

Seattle police are investigating the fatal shooting of a woman by two officers who responded to a burglary report at her apartment.

"Okay, but no mental on her?" the second officer asks again. Florida Carroll, a relative of the victim, cries into her phone at the scene of a police shooting at the Brettler Family Place Apartments at Magnuson Park, Sunday June 18, 2017, in Seattle.

Lyles' brother, Domico Jones, told KOMO: "They came here multiple times, so I know that they had to have known anything that was wrong with her". Seattle officials agreed to an independent monitor and federal court oversight of the city's police department after a Justice investigation found Seattle officers routinely used excessive force.

The video that's been released on social media, seemingly taken by a neighbor, shows the responding officers promising, while standing outside of Lyles's closed door, that they wouldn't shoot her.

Family members said Lyles was several months pregnant and had been struggling with mental-health issues for the past year. There's no way you could've taken a taser and taken her down?

On Sunday, near the beginning of the roughly four-minute police audio recording and before they reach the apartment, the officers discussed a "safety caution" about the address stemming from the previous law enforcement interaction with the woman.

SEATTLE (AP) - The initial conversation between a pregnant woman and two Seattle police officers seemed polite, professional and calm. In it, an officer is heard saying "Get back!"

Ms Lyles lived in Brettler Family Place, a complex of apartment homes meant for people transitioning out of homelessness.

Isabell described Lyles as depressed but not violent and said she "was going through some things in her life".

According to the City of Seattle's police blotter, the two officers who responded to the 911 call "were confronted by a 30-year-old woman armed with a knife", and fired their guns at her. The department did not release any more information about the deceased woman or the officers involved. "Get back! Get back!" and then gunfire erupts.

"We need help", an officer says.

"Both officers had to fire their service weapons, striking the individual", Detective Mark Jamieson said.

"There's no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies", Monika Williams, Lyles' sister, told KIRO.

Police said there were several children inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, but none of them were injured. At the end of the video, an officer can be seen partially backing out of the doorway with his arms raised.

As part of a federal consent decree, the Seattle Police Department has emphasized training in "crisis intervention", which stresses techniques for lowering the tension when encountering people with mental illness or other cognitive problems. But he questions why the police turned to lethal force. "This will be fully investigated", he said.

The recent shooting of African-American Charleena Lyles by Seattle police on Sunday triggered a huge outcry among citizens with many branding the incident as an act of racism.

  • Salvatore Jensen